Now that the state dinner is over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the Gridiron Club’s dinner.
But don’t sweat it if you suspect your invitation got lost in the mail. For the first time in history, the club is inviting nonmembers to partake in the weekend’s festivities.
Each year, journalists and lawmakers gather at this exclusive, invite-only event. Scheduled for March 12 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, the dinner is expected to feature an appearance by President Barack Obama.
This year, the public is invited to attend “Sunday at the Gridiron Club” the day after the swanky soiree. A $70 ticket includes a reception with free wine and beer and a repeat performance of the previous night’s show. The Marine Corps Band will play and journalist Mark Shields will recount juicy tidbits from the dinner, including all the details of Obama’s appearance.
Proceeds from the event will benefit journalism students through the Gridiron Club Foundation.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.